John G. Wellman
John G. "Jack" Wellman died Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Tidelands Community Hospice House surrounded by family and friends.
Born on July 20, 1925 in Newton, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Arthur Ogden and Ruth Kingman Wellman. Jack attended Governor Dummer Academy in South Byfield, Massachusetts and was awarded his High School diploma while serving as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army
Air Corps during World War II
. Upon separation from military service, he elected to join his father in the textile business. In 1954, after pursuing responsibilities as a buyer of wool in Australia and South Africa for five years, he persuaded his father to move the manufacturing segment of the company to Johnsonville, South Carolina. Shortly thereafter, he took full time responsibility for Wellman Combing Company transforming its "wool top" manufacturing into the largest and most modern in the industry. In concert with his father and brother, the company diversified into recycling polyester and nylon fiber waste into fiber for carpeting, polyester fiberfill and other textile products and established similar operations in Ireland and offices world-wide. Jack adopted South Carolina as his home and dedicated personal and company activities to those pursuits he thought would help South Carolina transition to become "The best place to live life to its fullest". His activities included working with the ETV network, Boy Scouts, SC Textile Manufacturers, American Textile Manufacturers Institute, SC Chamber of Commerce, State Development Board, State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army and many others. He was awarded Honorary Degrees by University of South Carolina, Charleston Southern University and Francis Marion University. He retired as Chairman and CEO of Wellman Inc. on September 20th 1983. Noteworthy on this same day his wife Charlottie Abbott (Chotsie) Wellman passed away. Jack decided to move to Murrells Inlet, SC ultimately to Pawleys Island, SC. On November 17th 1984 he married Frances Bartell Lewis. She led him to a closer relationship with Jesus Christ for which he is eternally grateful.
Surviving besides his beloved wife Frances of 28 years are his three sons, John Jr. (Mimi) of South Amboy, NJ, Gregory Abbott (Melissa) of Hunterville, NC, Michael Allen (Lynn) of Norwalk, CT and daughter Lynda Wellman Scott Dobson (Peter) of Pawleys Island, SC. He also has nine grandchildren, Lydia W. Neher (Eric), of Atlanta, GA, Heather Wellman, Waltham, MA, Gregory A. Wellman, Jr. (Kimberly) Kingsport, TN; Jessica Wellman of Baltimore, MD; Lindsay McClintock (Justin) of Marietta, GA; Michael A. Wellman, Jr. (Kate) of New York, NY; Benjamin R. Wellman of Dothan, AL; Zachary J. Wellman of Norwalk, CT and Charlottie "Chotsie" Scott Johnson (Devin) of Columbia, SC. He has six great-grandchildren, Gracie, Ethan and Samuel Wellman of Kingsport, TN, Claire Lynda Neher of Atlanta, GA and Jonathan and Joshua McClintock of Marietta, GA. He has four step-children, Hal E. Lewis (Suzanne) of Charlotte, NC; Pamela L. Burnett (Reggie) of Pawleys Island, SC; Steve Lewis (Jill) of Lancaster, SC; Cindi L. Sutton (David) of Charleston, SC. He has eight step-grandchildren, Adam Lewis, Blake and Ross Burnett, Amanda Ghent (Jeremy), Jon Lewis, Andrea Graham (Mike), Kaylie and Breanna Sutton. He has four step-great grandchildren, Taylor and Channing Graham of Kingstree, SC and Jaxon and Morgyn Jaine Ghent of Lancaster, SC. His brother Arthur O. "Bud" Wellman, Jr. predeceased him in 2003 and a sister Marjorie W. Bullock (George) of Little Compton, RI and Juno Beach, FL predeceased in 2013.
Mr. Wellman was a member of Georgetown First Baptist Church. Visitation will be at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Litchfield/ Pawleys Chapel on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 5:00-7:00 PM. A funeral service will be held at Georgetown First Baptist Church on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM with burial at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church Cemetery after the service.
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Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.